It’s not for everyone. In fact I know some people who shudder just at the thought. I was one of those people – about a decade or so ago.
Given that I have at least a dozen or so trips under my belt now, I can understand how ‘those’ people think, in fact, on my recent holiday, there were challenging times and those fleeting thoughts of ‘I’d give anything to have dry feet’; ‘I can’t wait to shower without wearing sandals or thongs’; ‘Ah, what I’d give to sit down to a meal and not have to rummage through tubs of kitchen pantry items to find the sauce, or the salt’. I won’t even go down the path of having to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.
However, all things considered, those are just minor factors that you actually get used to. We set up camp just metres from a beautiful lake, with the beach not too far away. The sunrises were spectacular and the sunsets just as glorious. The lapping sound of water against the boats and the chirping of the birds; not to mention the wild kangaroos that would grace us with their company each day in the late afternoons were truly beautiful. In fact, having a glass of wine with a cheese platter by the lake would have to be the most relaxing and enjoyable things about the holiday.
Did I mention the stars? I never see the night sky so clear and full of stars as I do when I’m out camping. In fact, as an added gift from nature, I was privileged to see two shooting stars and the moon like I’ve never seen it before.
So, this little camper couldn’t be happier amongst the beauty of nature and if it means foregoing a few little luxuries for a short time, then I’m more than happy to enjoy the experience and make the best of nature in all its glory.
How about you? Have you been camping? What are your experiences?
© Gillian Du Caurroy 2016
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